Financial support for postgraduate courses

Cost is an important factor to consider if you’re thinking of continuing your studies. There are a number of sources of funding which can help you with the costs of studying for your postgraduate taught or research degree.

Some of this information only applies to UK students. If you’re an EU or International student, you may want to see our EU and International fees and finance pages.

Support from UCA

  • Postgraduate creative scholarships


    ScholarshipCourse(s)ValueEligibilitySelection Criteria

    Elfriede Windsor Scholarship

    MA Fine Art

    MA Ceramics


    UCA current students who will be progressing onto an MA in either Fine Art or Ceramics. 

    Applications are welcome from UK, EU and international students.

    Academic excellence / 2.1 or above anticipated

    Nick Jack Scholarship

    MA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury


    Applicants to MA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury.

    Applications are welcome from UK, EU and international students.

    Academic excellence / financial need

    To apply please download and complete the application form and return to us by the application deadline of the 1 July 2020. 

    Scholarships for International students

    For 2020 entry there are also a limited number of scholarships of £2,000 each (in fee-discount format) that will be awarded to new international applicants considered to be outstanding by a member of our academic staff. For more information about these scholarships and details on how to be considered for one, please see the fee discount page:

    Find out more about fee discount scholarships

  • Undergraduate to Postgraduate Fee Discount

    For 2020 entry UCA is continuing to offer all current final year undergraduate students and graduates from up to three years ago a discount on the first year tuition fees of a postgraduate degree course.

    • For courses within the Business School, students with first-class honours or a 2.1 will get a fee discount of £2,000 and students with a 2.2 will get a fee discount of £1,500. 
    • For all other courses, students with first-class honours or a 2.1 will get a fee discount of £1,500 and students with a 2.2 will get a fee discount of £1,000.
    • Where appropriate, part-time students will get a pro-rata discount (in each year of their course up to the full-time equivalent total).

    View our postgraduate Business School courses

    View all of our postgraduate courses

    You don't need to apply for this discount, your fees will be discounted before you enrol.

    If you are an international student please see the International Fees & Finance page for information about fee discount offers available to you.

    Find out more about fee discounts

  • Financial Assistance Fund

    The University has a Financial Assistance Fund which can support you if you’re experiencing financial difficulties beyond your control and you can demonstrate a clear financial need. The fund is open to all full and part-time home (UK) students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. To be eligible, you’ll need to have applied for all student funding available to you, for example the student maintenance loan and tuition fee loan or the postgraduate loan. We also expect you to have taken advantage of any alternative sources of funding available, including an interest free overdraft. For more information, please contact your campus Specialist Adviser 

  • PhD Fee Bursary

    We offer a small number of PhD bursary awards to suitably qualified applicants to carry out research. These are awarded after interview and on a merit basis. For more details about these please contact our Research Office:


Other sources of funding

Master's Loan

Students from the UK starting a postgraduate course are able to apply for a Master's Loan through Student Finance England. Funding for postgraduate loans is different if you normally live in ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland, please click on the links to find out more.

Doctoral Loan

Students from the UK starting a research degree are now able to apply for a Doctoral Loan through Student Finance England, please go to website to find out more.

Professional and career-development loan

This is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. We are a professional and career-development loans registered learning provider – registration number 01-1927.

If you have secured a loan and part of it is to be paid directly to us towards your tuition fees, please email a copy of the agreement to so that we can note this information on your account and ensure we can set up a payment plan that matches the loan payments.  

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The AHRC offers funding opportunities for various disciplines and projects.


Postgrad Solutions study bursary

Postgrad Solutions offer bursaries of £500 for postgraduate courses. offers a total of £12,000 in scholarships every year to UK or EU students starting a postgraduate course.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality.

The Guide contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. UCA has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all UCA students and staff to use!

If you are a prospective student who has applied to UCA, please email to get an access PIN.

Login to The Alternative Guide Online

More information

For lots more useful information, check out the Alternative guide to postgraduate funding and The ultimate postgraduate student funding guide.

You can also speak to our campus specialist advisers for guidance on external funding opportunities. They can also give advice on general finance and money matters and direct you to a variety of specialist resources to help you deal with practical issues and personal problems.